Right-of-Way Services

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Fee Schedule Sidewalk Obstructions and Pedestrian Detours Lane Obstructions Full Street Closures Use of Parking Spaces (Construction Vehicles, Storage Devices, Temporary Dumpsters) City and State Projects Traffic Control and Pedestrian Plans for Private Development Projects House and Oversized Equipment Transport Frequently Asked Questions

Construction and obstructions in the public right-of-way

The Right-of-Way Services Program coordinates permitting, inspections, and enforcement of safety guidelines during construction and maintenance work in the public right-of-way.  This includes work on any City or State maintained road in Raleigh’s jurisdiction. 

Objectives

  • Ensure that work and workmanship on existing infrastructure protects the public from injury;
  • Ensure that all construction adheres to all local, state, and federal regulations;
  • Ensure that the permitting process provides a contractor with all permits needed to complete the work;
  • Be the liaison between the citizen and the contractor when concerns arise;
  • Create a partnership between the City and private contractors to coordinate construction in the right-of-way; and,
  • Facilitate effective communication to provide the industry with City updates.

Any person that wishes to install or maintain assets and infrastructure, or occupy the right-of-way in the form of a street, lane, or sidewalk closure within Raleigh’s Jurisdiction must acquire a permit.

Each permit request is evaluated and reviewed on a case-by-case basis to ensure that there is no adverse impact to public safety or any interference with current projects in the public right-of-way.

The following steps are required prior to working in the right-of-way:

Step 1 – Register as a contractor to perform work in the City of Raleigh;

Step 2 – After registration approval, apply for all required permits; and,

Step 3 – Ensure that all necessary inspections are completed prior to job completion.

Fee Schedule

In accordance with the current Development Fee Schedule, review fees for plan review and a daily fees for right-of-way obstructions are charged for any work in the right-of-way.
 
The review fee is due when a client submits a Traffic Control Plan and/or Pedestrian Routing Plan for any project or work that affects the public right-of-way.
The daily fee is based on the duration of the project or work and calculated when the plan is approved.  The daily fee must be paid prior to permit issuance.
Please contact Right-of-Way Services for any questions.
 
The Right-of-way Obstruction Fee Estimator is set up for clients to allow a calculation for the approximate amount it will cost for plan review and daily fees for obstructions.  Please note this is an ESTIMATOR ONLY.
 
Please note that the review fee is due when submitting a plan, and can be paid for at the Development Services Customer Service Center at:
One Exchange Plaza, Suite 400
Downtown Raleigh
All fees for daily inspections and right-of-way permits are due prior to permit issuance. 

Sidewalk Obstructions and Pedestrian Detours

Type III Barricade with tap rail on the bottom
Type III Barricade with tap rail on the bottom

A sidewalk can be obstructed temporarily for the contractor to perform work. The contractor should strive to keep the sidewalk accessible.  Any obstruction in the sidewalk must be approved prior to the setup of the work area.

Required documentation (must be submitted five business days prior to proposed start of work to rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov):

Depending on the type of work that encompasses the sidewalk obstruction, additional plans and permits from the Development Services Guide may be needed.

Lane Obstructions

A lane obstruction involves the occupation of a lane or lanes during a project but not closing the street off completely. This can be in the form of a flagging operation, or other traffic shifts to allow continuous vehicular movement. This does include shoulder work, as equipment may need to be moved on and off the road.

Required documentation (must be submitted five business days prior to proposed start of work to rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov):

Depending on the type of work that encompasses the lane obstruction, additional plans and permits from the Development Services Guide may need to be approved.

Full Street Closures

A full street closure is designed to eliminate the exposure of motorists to work zones, while providing a safe working environment for workers by temporarily closing a street for construction or maintenance. During a full street closure, traffic is detoured, allowing workers full access to roadway facilities and ensuring that motorists and City services are rerouted properly to their destinations around the work area.

Required Documentation (must be submitted a minimum of three weeks prior to proposed start of work to rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov):

 Depending on the type of work that requires the full street closure, additional Plans and Permits from the Development Services Guide may need to be approved.

Use of Parking Spaces (Construction Vehicles, Storage Devices, Temporary Dumpsters)

Right-of-Way Services and ParkLink can issue permits for legal parking spaces, to be utilized for dumpsters, portable storage devices, or projects that require parking areas for setup.

Any request for parking passes for construction vehicles, moving vans, or other type of vehicles can be obtained by ParkLink directly.

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Required documentation (must be submitted five business days prior to proposed start of work to rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov):

Depending on the type of work that requires the parking area; additional plans and permits from the Development Services Guide may need to be approved.

Timed or Paid Spaces:

The client will receive notification that the permit has been approved and can be picked up at the Raleigh Parking Office at 310 West Martin Street.

The client will receive a parking pass that shows Parking Enforcement Staff in the field that the permit has been approved. The pass must be clearly displayed at all times while occupying the space(s).

City and State Projects

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The City of Raleigh and NCDOT maintains infrastructure in the right-of-way, and is responsible for the replacement, maintenance, and construction of streets and sidewalk, utilities, and landscaping in the right-of-way.

The Departments listed below, or the approved Contractor for the City of Raleigh may utilize the Permit and Development Portal to apply and notify Right-of-Way Services when projects or work commences.

Traffic Control Plans are required to be submitted prior to any Full Street Closure Request.  Please contact Right-of-Way Services at rightofwayservices@raleighnc.gov

  • City of Raleigh Engineering Services Department
  • City of Raleigh Transportation Department
  • City of Raleigh Public Utilities
  • City of Raleigh Community Development
  • City of Raleigh Parks and Recreation and Cultural Resources
  • NCDOT and State Projects

If a project encompasses multiple phases, periodic notifications are requested.  This allows us to monitor activity in the right-of-way and coordinate other projects.

Traffic Control and Pedestrian Plans for Private Development Projects

Private development projects can range from a facade alteration to a high-rise project in downtown, to new buildings and infrastructure installation throughout the city.

A traffic control plan and pedestrian plan must be submitted, reviewed, and approved prior to the start of work that affects the right-of-way. Private development plans may require a combination of all the different obstruction types.

Prior to any plan submittal, it is recommended that a meeting be set up with the Right-of-Way Services Coordinator in Permitting to discuss the projects traffic control and pedestrian routing.

Required documentation (plans must be submitted separately from the Concurrent review process and approved prior to building permit issuance):

If the plan proposes scaffolding or overhead protection for pedestrians in the right-of-way

 No proposed scaffolding or overhead protection for pedestrians in the right-of-way

Plans that show the requested construction sequences proposed by the contractor.

House and Oversized Equipment Transport

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A permit to move oversized equipment or a home through Raleigh's jurisdiction may be required if the item or commodity meets any of the following requirements per NCDOT:

  • Total width is over eight feet, six inches;
  • Overall height is greater than thirteen feet, six inches;
  • A single vehicle is over 40 feet or vehicle combination is over 60 feet in length;
    (Exception: truck tractor/48-foot semi-trailer combination with no overall length limitation is allowed on all roads and truck tractor/53-foot semi-trailer combination, with no overall length limitation is allowed on all North Carolina primary (North Carolina, U.S., interstate) routes unless restricted); and
  • Weight exceeds legal weight by North Carolina law

The application must be reviewed by the City of Raleigh Police Department, Raleigh Parking (if parking spaces are affected), and the Traffic Signal Supervisor prior to the move. City of Raleigh Traffic personnel may have to adjust the height of traffic signals and travel with the transport during the move.

Required documentation (must be submitted 10 business days prior to the operation):

  • Approved NCDOT permit for oversize/overweight equipment
  • Required to get an NCDOT approved permit for the route (if on DOT street)
  • Required to get City of Raleigh approval for our streets (look at permit)
  • House Move permit application
    • The application must be filled out in its entirety and approved and signed by the Raleigh Transportation Department, police department, and Raleigh Parking (if parking spaces are affected) before submittal for permits
    • A map of the route
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Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

How do I install a water and/or sewer service, now that these changes have been made? (eric stub permit)

The multiple applications have been combined.  Please see our Water and Sewer Service page.

 

 

Which projects require notifying emergency services, businesses, and residences?

Full street closures require a notification to all residences and business owners impacted by the work. This notification must be sent at least one week prior to the start of work. ROW services should be notifie din two weeks.

If an asset or infrastructure of a utility company is damaged and presents a hazard, that company must contact all emergency services.

 

What do I do if my project is incomplete when the permit expires?

 When a permit expires and the work is not completed, an extension can be granted. Please reapply through the permit and development portal. 

Do I need to submit a plan before doing work in the right-of-way?

A map or plan must be submitted for all work in the right-of-way. 

How do I know if my street is City, State, or privately maintained?

City, State and Private Street Map

What do the colored spray painted markings in the right-of-way represent? (amanda)

The different colored markings on the ground describe the type of utility lines running in that location. This Interactive color map for location markings describes what each color of paint means.

For more information on markings and digging in your area, please see the NC811 Website.

 

Who can I contact if someone has done damage along the frontage of my property during construction? (link to new page, amanda)

The first point of contact should be the company that performed the work if the damage occurred on private property. If the homeowner and the company cannot come to a resolution, an inspection coordinator with the City of Raleigh can be contacted to be the liaison, however, it is a private matter.

If damages occurred in the public right-of-way, an inspection coordinator should be contacted.

For any questions and/or concerns about work in the right-of-way, please contact rightofwayconcerns@raleighnc.gov or call 919-996-6816. If there are issues requiring attention, we will need the following information:

 

  • Address;
  • Contact information;
  • The concern to be addressed; and,
  • Any pictures and documentation if available.
Lead Department:
Development Services
Service Categories:
Streets and Sidewalks